If there is one thing that I struggle with more than any other, it is that I am always pressed for time. In this fast paced 24/7 world that we live in, I don’t have time to waste. That holds true every morning when I am applying my makeup. While I certainly do have times when I spend 20 minutes (or more) applying a full face of makeup, most days of the week I spend a quick five minutes on my makeup. Yes! just five minutes! You can too. With the right makeup products and and my tips, you can also be ready in a flash. Here is my super quick and super easy five minute makeup routine.
I start out my five minute makeup routine with a tinted moisturizer (see my top tinted moisturizer post). A tinted moisturizer offers coverage that will blend onto the skin to hide flaws yet look natural. It is also hydrating so it is forgiving. You don’t have to be perfect with this like a foundation, it can be quickly applied and blended in with the fingers. A few really good tinted moisturizers to try include Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.
Next up, I apply concealer (see my top concealer post) to my undereye area and any spots or flawed areas that need extra coverage. I apply concealer over tinted moisturizer in this case because tinted moisturizer does not add in the same amount of coverage as a foundation. The concealers i use will add more coverage and blend out over the tinted moisturizer to further perfect my look. I do use a concealer brush to apply my concealer because it is really the only to get a flawless look. Some really great concealers that are easy to work and cover fast are NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer and COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer.
For the rest of my face, I keep a bronzer/blush palette on hand (see my top bronzers post). I like a palette that is all-in-one meaning that I can blend the bonzer and blush together. I’ll tell you why. First I will quickly stroke on the bronzer, just on my cheekbones then I will apply the blush just to the apples of my cheeks. Remember, we are not going for a full-on makeup look here, just a natural everyday makeup look. I then take a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and run it though the bronzer and blush which will give me a custom warm shade and I dust that right over my lids. It’s so simple, natural and pretty. Some bronzer and blush combination palettes that I like are Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palette, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (there are a lot of shades available) and Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights.
I finish my eyes with a quick coat of mascara. You can use your favorite mascara (see my favorite mascaras post). I go for a good everyday mascara like COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara, Lancome Definicils or Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes. Just make sure it is easy to apply, doesn’t clump or smudge and lasts all day.
I complete my look with a natural lipstick color (see my best nude lipsticks post). I like a nude or pink-nude lipstick color for everyday. It’s quick so I don’t have to be careful in applying. I use a long-wearing lipstick that is comfortable on the lips. I suggest Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, MAC Lipstick and COVERGIRL Outlast Lipstick.